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The writing team of actor Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg has yielded some of the most memorable comedies of recent years. In particular their ability to balance the genre elements and treat them as seriously as the dialogue heavy comedy is something to be applauded.
Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet worked (or didn’t for you maybe) precisely because amongst the stoner friendly comedy banter there was some great action and incredible violence which pleased all sides. When you consider that films like Evolution and the Men in Black sequels have never managed to quite pull this balance off in recent years then the idea of Rogen and Goldberg tackling a sci-fi comedy is an enticing prospect.
The marketing campaign for The Watch (confusingly retitled from Neighbourhood Watch) was the first clue that something was wrong. The alien elements were not highlighted at all in many of the trailers in favour of foul-mouthed, »
- Chris Holt
Juliette Lewis has pretty much mastered the part of the slightly crazy, not so classy chick we all wish was our Bff (most of the time, anyway).
From Luke Wilson's sexually, uh, liberated wife in "Old School" to the seriously blood-splattered Mallory Knox in "Natural Born Killers," she's proven that she isn't afraid to take chances. And, for the most part, her risks have paid off big.
But Lewis wasn't always so edgy. In fact, back in 1989 she was playing what could be coined traditional roles, like her turn as Clark Griswold's daughter, Audrey, in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
Written by the iconic John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, "Christmas Vacation" will go down in history as one of the best movies ever Chevy Chase's funniest flicks. Which is still a pretty big achievement.
As Audrey, Lewis perfectly captured the surly teen, forced to share quality time with her annoying family. »
- Elizabeth Durand
Getting drunk and making a fool of yourself is far different from watching other drunk people make fools of themselves. This is true especially in films: when an actor is behaving outrageously, you can’t help but laugh. To mark next Friday’s (December 14th) release of Smashed, a film about a young couple and their penchant for drinking, we have compiled our favourite scenes of on-screen drunkenness.
Old School is a story of three friends, disillusioned by the reality of their lives, who decide to form their own fraternity to relive their college days. This is the scene where Frank (Will Ferrell) gets absolutely wasted at their frat party and goes streaking. He is so drunkenly disillusioned that he thinks the entire party has followed suit, only to be found running down a major road, stark naked, by his wife and her friends.
Two weeks before »
Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are set to reunite in The Skeleton Twins. The indie comedy, produced in part by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, will co-star Luke Wilson (Old School); Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) will direct from a script he co-wrote with BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, Mark Heyman (Black Swan). The Skeleton Twins will team up the Adventureland duo as two estranged twins who reunite after cheating death and are forced to confront their pasts. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Wiig and Hader will star as twins Maggie and Milo; the part of Maggie was previously rumored to be going to Anna Faris. When the brother and sister independently cheat death on the same day, they decide to get together and are forced to consider how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie, this causes her to re-evaluate her »
- Dave Trumbore
The Frat Pack used to be an entertainment entity of hugely talented proportions. Its members were comedy legends, actors who could do no wrong when it came to tickling audiences’ funny bones. Will Ferrell is probably the unofficial leader of this once highly coveted group of funnymen. The Frat Pack got a lot of mileage in the early to mid 2000‘s. Old School, Anchorman and Wedding Crashers were just a few of the Frat Pack’s successful entries in cinema. Unfortunately, Will Ferrell’s humor started to get stale as he tried recreating his previous success. This sad way of trying to relive the glory days was ever present in his latest cinematic bomb The Campaign. Filmmaker Adam McKay (Anchorman) is also partly to blame for this comedic misfire.
- Randall Unger
Directed by: Jay Roach
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Due Out: The Campaign available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 10/30!
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Plot: Long-time Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) thinks he’s going to easily get re-elected, but along comes newcomer Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) who gives him a run for his money.
Who’S It For? This R-rated comedy is for those who like watching aggressive, exaggerated characters do a lot of mean, stupid things.
The film was released at the perfect time. We were knee-deep in our political season when The Campaign came to theaters, and now that it is hitting Blu-ray we’re all ready to vote. Perfect timing isn’t enough for me to recommend this movie.
I’ll be honest, I like »
- Jeff Bayer
Well, no surprise here... Film Junk readers have chosen the endlessly quotable cult classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as the #1 Will Ferrell flick according to last week's poll. Personally, I was hoping for a little more variety in the responses, but the love for this movie is pretty well-documented. It took almost 50% of the votes, which means none of the other options even came close. Step Brothers placed second with 15%, followed by Old School with 11.5%. Stranger Than Fiction and Elf rounded out the top 5. Blades of Glory was relegated to last place (perhaps understandably), but I did expect The Other Guys to rank a little higher. Do you agree with these results? 1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- 47.7% 2. Step Brothers -- 15.2% 3. Old School -- 11.5% 4. Stranger Than Fiction -- 8.7% 5. Elf -- 6.8% 6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby -- 4.6% 7. The Other Guys -- 1.9% 8. The Campaign -- 1.5% 9. Melinda and Melinda »
Abigail Breslin plays a recently arrived teen girl lured into the woods by seniors to be the victim in their final initiation. She turns the tables on them. Shooting begins next month in Vancouver. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows a woman in a perfectly quaint marriage who begins having affairs to satisfying her addiction to sex. [Source: Heat Vision]
The story follows a disillusioned young man pretending to be a philanthropist who falls for a woman at a charity dinner. He »
- Garth Franklin
Now that the Presidential debates have wrapped up for the 2012 election, Time has compiled a list of the ten best debate scenes in film history. Included in the comedy-heavy list are Woody Allen's Fellini rant in "Annie Hall," Alicia Silverstone's gum-popping Haitian refugee speech in "Clueless" and Reese Witherspoon's brittle overachiever Tracy Flick opposite slacker Jessica Campbell in "Election." Full list below, along with a few clips. What debate scenes has Time left out that should be added to the list? 1. Tim Robbins opposite Gore Vidal in "Bob Roberts" 2. Denzel Washington's Wiley College debaters opposite the all-white Harvard team in "The Great Debaters" 3. Will Ferrell's Frank the Tank opposite Jeremy Piven in "Old School" 4. Robert Redford as Bill McKay in "The Candidate" 5. Alicia Silverstone's Cher expounding on Haitian refugees in »
- Beth Hanna
Old School and Due Date director Todd Phillips is getting super serious on us with an upcoming adaptation of the recently released Linwood Barclay novel, Trust Your Eyes. Phillips is busy completing the third installment in the Hangover series, but he's putting the blockbuster boozer aside to work on the thriller remake that centers on a schizophrenic man and a deadly conspiracy, according to Variety. The reclusive Thomas becomes obsessed with a Google Maps-esque website called Whirl360.com. (The real website leads to Barclay's homepage, but the film studio may transform the page into a viral marketing hub later on — we're guessing, anyway.) While exploring the streets and cities around the world he's too terrified to experience firsthand, he sees something...
- Alison Nastasi
The Hangover and Old School auteur Todd Phillips was last seen mulling a move into the dramatic realm with a remake of James Caan's The Gambler. Now he's dipping into the thriller department, signing on for an adaptation of Linwood Barclay's oh-so-spinning-airport-rack-looking novel Trust Your Eyes. Variety describes the film as a cross between Rain Man and Hitchcock's Rear Window — a schizophrenic savant and his bro(ther) investigate a murder in New York, Wolf Pack Style. (That last bit's semi-speculative.) »
- Zach Dionne
Todd Phillips, who has directed all three films from The Hangover franchise, is already looking past the booze-loving, crazy antics of the wolf pack and planning his next film once production wraps on The Hangover Part III.
Variety is reporting that Phillips will take on an adaptation of the Linwood Barclay novel Trust Your Eyes. In addition to directing the film, he’ll also be producing it with producer Dan Lin.
The novel is described as follows:
A schizophrenic man spends his days and nights on a website called Whirl360, believing he’s employed by the CIA to store the details of every town and city in the world in his head. Then one day, he sees something that shouldn’t be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New York street. Suddenly Thomas has more to deal with than just his delusions, as he gets drawn into a deadly conspiracy. »
Director Todd Phillips has spent his entire career directing comedies like Old School, The Hangover and Due Date, but now it seems as though he's ready to change things up a bit. Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to to the thriller novel Trust Your Eyes after winning a bidding war and the studio has hired Phillips to both direct and produce the film. Described by Variety as being "in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window," the story follows a character named Thomas Kilbride, a schizophrenic who is completely obsessed with maps, using a site called Whirl360.com to travel around the world from his bedroom, memorizing streets and faces he sees in the satellite imagery. It's a harmless hobby until one day he is touring the streets of downtown New York City and while looking into windows sees what he believes to be a woman being murdered. »
Todd Phillips looks set to take a decidedly non-comedic turn as Variety reports that the director has lined up an adaptation of the just-released Linwood Barclay thriller novel, Trust Your Eyes . The official description of the book reads as follows: A schizophrenic man spends his days and nights on a website called Whirl360, believing he.s employed by the CIA to store the details of every town and city in the world in his head. Then one day, he sees something that shouldn.t be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New York street. Suddenly Thomas has more to deal with than just his delusions, as he gets drawn into a deadly conspiracy. Phillips, best known for comedies like Old School and Due Date , is currently at work on the conclusion to his blockbuster »
We've got a bit of casting news to share with you tonight. Here it is at a glance: Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) is in talks to star opposite Luke Wilson (Old School) in the indie sports comedy, The Million Dollar Man. John Boyega (Attack the Block) is set to star in Creeping Zero, a sci-fi film from director Billy O'Brien (Isolation). Nate Parker (Red Hook Summer) is in talks to join Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Variety comes word that Chriqui is in talks to star in The Million Dollar Man. The picture centers on Wilson, a downtrodden truck driver for a soda company who gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity playing professional football as a kicker. (So, The Replacements or The Garbage-Picking, Field Goal-Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon...) Chriqui is in talks to star as the love interest who helps »
- Dave Trumbore
Image Entertainment and Drafthouse Films prepares you for ludicrous scandals and the epitome of ridiculous behavior with Klown. Based on the wildly popular six-season Danish TV show of the same name, this internationally acclaimed and award-winning saga of debauchery comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on September 25th via Image Entertainment. Srp is $29.97 for the Blu-ray and $27.97 for the DVD. Pre-book is August 28th. Digital download outlets include iTunes, Amazon, Distrify, Vudu, Xbox and other digital partners. On-Demand outlets include At&T U-Verse, Comcast, Cox and DirecTV.
Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends (played by celebrated comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen) as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos, unspeakable debaucheries and absurd sexual encounters. Misguided Frank kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, while the sex-driven Caspar is determined to visit a world-renowned brothel »
The movie Road Trip harks back to a simpler time: a time when Tom Green was at the top of his game, Breckin Meyer was a youthful leading man, and Seann William Scott was just perfecting his snarky onscreen persona. It's been a while since Road Trip came out, but to us, it's still one of the quintessential buddy comedies. Not surprisingly, the highly quotable movie was written and directed by Todd Phillips, who would later go on to helm Old School and The Hangover. Take a look at our favorite lines, and let us know what yours are below! "'Cause it's your dog!" - Kyle "I boinked her!" - Kyle "Austin? Austin, Massachusetts?" - Barry »
- Maggie Pehanick
Though unfortunately it’s not a remake of the Kenny Rogers Western character, but instead a remake of the 1974 James Caan crime drama of the same name, which is too bad because I was really looking forward to a big-budget Hollywood Western. Hey, you can only watch so many direct-to-dvd and basic cable Westerns before you just hanker for something, you know, more glossy. In any case, Todd Phillips, the director of “The Hangover” films (with part 3 coming up later next year), is in talks to direct his first drama after helming comedies like the aforementioned “Hangover” franchise, “Old School”, and “Due Date. The remake features a script by William Monahan (“The Departed”), and follows a UCLA literature professor with the very cool name of Axel Freed, who has something of a gambling problem. Okay, so he has a really, really bad gambling problem. After borrowing money from everyone he knows, »
Aside from his work in documentary filmmaking in the earlier part of his career in the 90s, director Todd Phillips has worked exclusively in comedies, directing films like Old School, The Hangover and Due Date. But once Phillips is finished with The Hangover Part III (which is supposed to be the last part of the franchise), he's heading into new territory. THR reports Phillips is going to get dramatic as the director is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to be at the helm of a remake of the 1974 crime drama The Gambler, the story of a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Martin Scorsese was once attached to direct with a script from his The Departed screenwriter William Monahan and Leonardo DiCaprio interested in starring, but clearly he's moved on. The original film's producer Irwin Winkler is back to produce this remake which »
- Ethan Anderton
Martin Scorsese was once attached to helm the project which follows a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. William Monahan ("The Departed") penned the screenplay.
Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, is returning in the same capacity. The project is expected to be Phillips' first effort once he wraps "The Hangover Part III" which begins shooting next month. »
- Garth Franklin
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